In the midst of heartache and trouble, it can feel as if God is nowhere around. You may know in your heart and soul that He will never forsake you, but negative thoughts can sometimes still flit across your mind.
He is too busy to help me.
God doesn’t hear my prayers.
He simply does not see my suffering.
Being able to recognize these thoughts as lies is key to building your trust in God and knowing that no matter your circumstance God does see you. Satan would have you believe the lies. After all, He cannot steal your salvation but he does his best to steal your joy.
God Sees You
To remind myself that God is, in fact, always watching and always present in my life, I look for little evidences in the every day.
I remember several years ago, when we were still educating our children at home, looking on our shelves for specific books I needed for our homeschool. I simply could not find them, and searched in vain three or four times. Finally, I thought to ask the Lord for His help. A simple prayer of “Lord, I need these books today. Help me put my eyes on them.”
I went back to the shelves and looked again. Guess what? God fixed my eyes on just the ones I needed! He saw me and my need that day. It was insignificant for anyone else on that day but so important for my entire homeschool day.
Another example of how God sees me is how He answered my prayer about some books I wanted. They were not needed…I could have used other books. But I wanted to read them with my children. These particular books were difficult to find as a set because they were out of print. I had searched and found them on Ebay, but at a significant financial investment that we could not afford to make at the time.
I soon attended a curriculum sale associated with our homeschool co-op. One of the sellers there had the entire 48-book collection available for just $50, a much lower price than I had been able to find on Ebay. Of course, I thankfully snapped them up! Those books still grace our shelves, and I remember God’s love for me every single time I look at them.
Just a few weeks ago God answered my fleeting prayer of “Lord, please let my son be okay. Keep him safe.” He was late getting home from work. It was rainy. Turns out, he was late because was in a car accident on his way home. He came out of it without a scratch, as did the person in the other car. His car did not fare so well. The airbags deployed, his windshield is cracked, and the entire left front end is crumpled. The car is totaled, but lives were spared. God is good, even as we have consequences to deal with, I thank Him for His protection and mercy.
Perhaps your needs are much greater than books for your homeschool or how to replace a totaled car. Many times mine are, too. You may be struggling in your marriage, living with a chronic illness, struggling as you parent a rebellious child. Life may be really hard right now. Look to Jesus. Don’t take your eyes off of Him.
God knows your needs. He cares for you. He will not forsake you. Run to Him for strength, for answers, for peace through the storm. He is with you and He will comfort you.
As you walk through your every day, I encourage you to take note of the ways God’s work is evident in your life. How is He answering your prayers? He sends people to help you, often placing them in your life long before you know you need them and their expertise. He will make a way for you in the trials. He may not pluck you out of your difficulties, for often this is how He encourages us to grow. He does sit right with you in them, though. Allow Him to encircle you in His arms, to lift you up out of the muck and the mire, and to give you abundant joy in your circumstance.
Be sure to follow along with the series Learning to Trust God in Everything for more encouragement.
I stumbled across this article about dreams and faith. It’s a seriously good read and quite encouraging.
What evidence have you seen in your every day that shows that God sees you? Share in the comments!